Configure the CData JDBC Driver for Facebook in a Connection Pool in Tomcat

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Facebook JDBC Driver

Connect any Web, Desktop, or Mobile Java/J2EE application with Facebook data including Events, Groups, Pages, Places, Posts and more!



Connect to Facebook data from a connection pool in Tomcat.

The CData JDBC Drivers support standard JDBC interfaces to integrate with Web applications running on the JVM. This article details how to connect to Facebook data from a connection pool in Tomcat.

Connect to Facebook Data through a Connection Pool in Tomcat

  1. Copy the CData JAR and CData .lic file to $CATALINA_HOME/lib. The CData JAR is located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  2. Add a definition of the resource to the context. Specify the JDBC URL here.

    Most tables require user authentication as well as application authentication. Facebook uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate to Facebook, you can use the embedded OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL or you can obtain your own by registering an app with Facebook.

    See the Getting Started chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Facebook JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.facebook.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    You can see the JDBC URL specified in the resource definition below.

    <Resource name="jdbc/facebook" auth="Container" type="javax.sql.DataSource" driverClassName="cdata.jdbc.facebook.FacebookDriver" factory="org.apache.tomcat.jdbc.pool.DataSourceFactory" url="jdbc:facebook:InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH" maxActive="20" maxIdle="10" maxWait="-1" />

    To allow a single application to access Facebook data, add the code above to the context.xml in the application's META-INF directory.

    For a shared resource configuration, add the code above to the context.xml located in $CATALINA_BASE/conf. A shared resource configuration provides connectivity to Facebook for all applications.

  3. Add a reference to the resource to the web.xml for the application. Facebook data JSP jdbc/Facebook javax.sql.DataSource Container
  4. Initialize connections from the connection pool: Context initContext = new InitialContext(); Context envContext = (Context)initContext.lookup("java:/comp/env"); DataSource ds = (DataSource)envContext.lookup("jdbc/Facebook"); Connection conn = ds.getConnection();

More Tomcat Integration

The steps above show how to connect to Facebook data in a simple connection pooling scenario. For more use cases and information, see the JNDI Datasource How-To in the Tomcat documentation.